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Writing for Business

Is Your Letter Writing Year 2000 Compliant?
Letters are the least expensive way to get your name in front of a customer. However, many writers fail to produce effective documents because they are using outdated writing styles.

Make Your Sales Letters Sizzle
Powerful new word processors and database management software make it easy to generate mass mailings. Here's some simple rules for keeping your next sales letter out of the round file.

Leading Your Writers
Encouraging others to improve their writing is not an easy task. If you continually revise their work, chances are they will give up trying to improve.

Quick Tip: Using Quotations
Explanation of why using quotations can be an invaluable brainstorming and authoring tool.

How To Write Letters and Memos That Snap, Crackle and Pop!
Jack Pachuta discusses writing disciplines specifically aimed at business correspondence. He helps focus your writing skills so that you are aware of the impact you have on others.

Innovating A Writing Program
Many companies over the past few years have introduced programs to improve the quality of their correspondence and reports. Some programs have been enormously successful; others have fizzled.

Keep It Simple: Expanding Your Sphere Of Influence Through Better Business Communications
This article is one in a series of five articles on how to expand your sphere of influence through better communications.

Dress Your E-Mail for Success
Eileen Brownell offers guidelines when receiving or sending e-mail. When used properly, e-mail is an effective tool that saves time and money.

Playing Jeopardy with Your Future
When did you last perform a skills review on yourself? The consequence of not doing this at regular intervals is you jeopardize your own future.

Writing: Expanding Your Sphere Of Influence Through Better Business Communications
This article is one in a series of five articles on how to expand your sphere of influence through better communications.

13 Platinum Ideas for Writing Letters that Sell
It's not that reading is out, not at all. It's the choices we have to make. We have so much we could read, readers have become picky about what they choose to read.

Writing: An Important Tool in Business
The company's and the writer's image are two more reasons for good writing skills. When a reader scans a document he subconsciously builds a picture of the writer…

Projecting A Great "Paper" Image- Not
Are you bored with projecting the image of a dynamic and knowledgeable professional? If so, here are ten tips to ensure your boss never speaks highly of your ability to communicate clearly.

How We Got Here from There
Ten years ago when I decided to become a trainer/consultant in business writing, companies were demanding their staff be taught how to write clearly and concisely.

The Recipe for Good Reports
Good writers can be compared to good cooks. They both have to end up with products that meet their audience's needs and tastes.

The Flavour of Letters
While customizing a workshop for a new client, I had a chance encounter with the vice-president of another company…

Getting The Most From Meetings
Meetings are a necessary part of today's business world. And you must take responsibility for them, if you want to get the most from them."

Establishing the Write Image
How is your organization's "written image?" You know, the image of your organization that your staff create every time they send out a letter, report or proposal on company letterhead.

The Printed Word Survives
Despite all the ballyhoo about the latest electronic wizardry-e-mail, the net, voice-recognition software-the printed word is here to stay.

Letter Writing: It's Easier Than You Think
Most of us are capable of writing intelligent, persuasive letters. However, many writers fall down in the attempt because they are applying outdated writing styles to today's business requirements.

Why Communicate with the Dead?
Many people prepare their business correspondence as if they were writing to the dead.

Defining Communications
If you check any job postings, you'll see that almost all positions from middle-entry level and on up list excellent communication skills as a requirement.

Five Hats of Highly Ineffective Writers
Most business people are very clear on the types of documents they like to read…

Communicate With Colour
You can have the best product or service or idea but unless you can communicate that fact, you have nothing…

Telephones: Expanding Your Sphere Of Influence Through Better Business Communications
It never ceases to amaze me that companies will spend vast amounts of money on leading-edge technology and then fail to give their staff sufficient training so they can use it effectively.

Business Writing Versus Classroom Writing
Bertrand Russell, the English philosopher once said, "Little men use big words, big men use little words."

Is Your Writing Experiencing Technical Difficulties?
From a business writing perspective, personal computers are definitely a mixed blessing…

Establishing the Write Image
How is your organization's "written image?" You know, the image of your organization that your staff create every time they send out a letter, report or proposal on company letterhead.

Selling Yourself Through Your Writing
Business writing is fast becoming a survival skill in our high-technology, service-oriented marketplace.

E-Mails: Expanding Your Sphere Of Influence Through Better Business Communications
Someone once said the telephone was the death of writing. If this is true, I believe e-mails are its rebirth.

Proposal Writing? A Golfer's Perspective
Two of my passions are getting increased attention-golf and proposal writing.

The Secret of Professional Success: Positive Communications
Eileen O. Brownell suggests techniques on important communication basics for any successful business person. Failure to use any one of them and your message may not to hit the mark.

Is That What You Meant to Say?
In addition to words, vocal expression and body language all play a significant role in helping people to interpret messages.

Quotations: They're Not Just for Drunks Anymore!
Explanations of why using quotations can be an invaluable brainstorming and authoring tool.

The Magic Of A Thank You
Whenever I conduct a workshop in business writing, I remind people to add the words of courtesy to their letters and memos, words such as please, thank you, I would appreciate, etc.

The New Age Of Pluralism In Publications
When our language does not reflect social realities, we risk driving away potential clients, customers, and members. While you may not even notice the occasional slip, it can send a subtle sting.